Finding the perfect place to stay in one of the most densely populated cities in the world can be a daunting task. Here are the best Airbnbs in Tokyo, Japan’s electric capital, to help make your search a whole lot easier.
Light-filled Shiinamachi apartment
This Shiinamachi apartment can house up to four people | Courtesy of Stepano / Airbnb
In the quiet neighbourhood of Shiinamachi is where you’ll find this elegant, simple and fully equipped apartment, which accommodates up to four people. The room is also just five minutes from the bustling neighbourhood of Ikebukuro and approximately 15 to 20 minutes from central Shibuya.
A three-minute walk to Higashi-Shinjuku station, this ultra-central apartment is the perfect balance of cosiness and space, thanks to its conscientious interior design. Ideal for a travelling couple or close friends (there are two double beds, meaning it can accommodate groups of up to four people), you’re not going to find anything much more accessible and affordable than this.
Big enough to fit a travelling group of four, this breezy apartment is right in the heart of the action, in Minato. It’s a stylish, laid-back apartment with tastefully minimalist furniture and enough storage space for even those who travel heavy (a rarity in the city of Tokyo). Prices are a little higher than for some others on this list, but, given its location, you’ll be saving a whole lot of money on transport.
You’ll find this light-filled studio apartment just five minutes from Shinjuku station and a three-minute stroll to Shinjuku-Sanchome station. It’s tucked in a quiet residential laneway right in the centre of one of the busiest hubs in Tokyo. With one double bed and an open-plan kitchen area, it’s perfect for a couple looking to really make the most of the city while still having a peaceful retreat at the end of the day.
Start your trip to Tokyo right by staying in this friendly and adorable apartment, hosted by husband and wife Yasuko and Hiro. Featuring stellar extras such as a rooftop terrace and free pocket Wi-Fi, this cosy Airbnb is a great place to experience the local culture. The hosts are happy to give advice and tours, and they also offer fun experiences including kimono rental and calligraphy lessons.
This Airbnb provides a great view of Tokyo Skytree, a towering structure offering panoramic views from over 427 metres (1,400 feet) high, practically standing in its shadow. Decked out in bright colours and offering a warm rooftop terrace, this one-bedroom apartment is as cute as it is convenient. It’s also within walking distance of the Sumida River and the historic Asakusa district.
This serene and stylish apartment for two is situated in the centre of Shinjuku, within walking distance of the busiest station in the world. Designer furniture and modern comforts fill the space; there’s a large TV equipped with Chromecast, a workstation and an outdoor terrace area. It’s surrounded by countless cafés, restaurants, bars and shops, not to mention a superb national park. You’ll never want to leave.
This beautiful, historic two-storey house can host up to six people. Advertised as a “hidden gem”, this doesn’t quite do it justice; this home evokes a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in Japan while also boasting some of the most modern amenities available. The traditional-style home includes a hot tub, hammock, sunroom, garden, heated table and fully stocked kitchen, just to name a few of its features. It’s also within walking distance of an onsen and many convenient train lines.
Make your time in Tokyo luxurious by staying at this modern apartment located on the border of Shibuya, one of the capital’s best shopping and sightseeing areas. This spacious Airbnb hosts up to five guests and offers stunning views of city sprawl from the living and sleeping areas. It’s also close to famous attractions such as Harajuku and Yoyogi Park.
Indulge yourself by staying in this designer house. Crafted to let in lots of light and glorious views of the upscale Azabu-Juban area south of downtown Tokyo, this home’s sleek modern design and luxurious features are sure to please. The friendly and thoughtful owners provide floral arrangements upon request, plenty of kid-friendly furniture and toys, and a fully stocked fridge. There is also a wine cellar filled with a selection of affordable and expensive bottles from around the world. It doesn’t get much better than this.